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Sunday, July 14, 2019
“Writers on Writing” Radio Show
Interview with MaryLouise Patterson
With Dr. Brenda M. Greene, Executive Director
The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY
WNYE 91.5 FM
Sundays, 7 PM – 7:30 PM
Listen at WMEC Radio: https://wmec.mec.cuny.edu
Originally aired March 19, 2017.
About the Episode
Dr. Brenda M. Greene interviews MaryLouise Patterson, coeditor of Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond. The book gives readers a unique perspective on Langston Hughes. MaryLouise and Evelyn Louise Crawford are the daughters of William Patterson, Louise Thompson Patterson, Evelyn Graves Crawford, and Matt Crawford who were friends, colleagues, and confidants of Langston Hughes. The two women grew up knowing Langston and referred to him as their uncle. Their book compiles the letters between their parents beginning in 1930. It is well-documented and also provides a history of the U.S. and the response to the McCarthy era, and WWII, and the Harlem Renaissance.
About the Author
MaryLouise Patterson, a pediatrician in clinical practice, is on the clinical staff at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her medical degree at Patrice Lumumba Friendship University in Moscow, USSR, and an MPH at the University of California, Berkeley. Besides practicing medicine, she has been active in promoting the practice of medicine in underserved and minority schools, and has participated and continues to participate in numerous civil rights, social justice and peace movements. She is a mother and grandmother. In her limited spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to jazz, cooking for friends, dancing, and traveling. Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond is her first literary endeavor. It is a collaboration with her coeditor and childhood friend Evelyn Louise Crawford.